Hawaii House of Representatives' Mauna Kea Working Group Issues Draft Report for Comment
Comments due by January 4, 2022
The Hawai‘i House of Representatives' Mauna Kea Working Group's draft report has been posted on its website for public review and comment. https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/specialcommittee.aspx?comm=mkwg&year=2021 Comments can be submitted by email to maunakeaWG@capitol.hawaii.gov by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The 2021 Hawai‘i House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 33 to convene a working group to develop recommendations for a governance and management structure for Mauna Kea. The Working Group is led by Rep. Mark M. Nakashima (District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo), whose district includes Mauna Kea. Members include:
· Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen · Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli · Rep. David A. Tarnas · Ms. Jocelyn Leialoha M. Doane · Dr. Lui Hokoana · Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele · Mr. Joshua Lanakila Mangauil · Ms. Brialyn Onodera · Mr. Shane Palacat-Nelsen · Dr. Noe Noe Wong-Wilson · Dr. Sylvia Hussey, Office of Hawaiian Affairs · Mr. Robert Masuda, Board of Land and Natural Resources · Dr. Bonnie Irwin, University of Hawaii · Mr. Rich Matsuda, Mauna Kea Observatories
The Working Group is expected to submit its final report of findings and recommendations to the Legislature by December 31, 2021.
"I want to thank the members of the Working Group who dedicated countless hours since convening in July 2021. We learned from each other and other stakeholders and worked together diligently to develop the recommendations presented in the report. I look forward to discussing this matter with the community through the 2022 Legislature as we adopt implementing legislation," said Rep. Nakashima.